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Cornering the Markets: Where to Buy Groceries in Cabo San Lucas

By Chris Sands

There are many great Cabo San Lucas restaurants, but if you’re staying at a villa, condominium, or other accommodation with kitchen or grill facilities, the most relaxing meals are often those shared in the comfort of your home away from home. Groceries can be purchased at many locations throughout the city, from large American-style supermarkets to corner stores and specialty shops. Both dollars and pesos are accepted everywhere, but bargain shoppers will find pesos the better option, as conversion rates at stores are often set below that of currency exchanges.

Plaza Aramburo has the greatest selection of all the downtown markets.

Supermarkets

For the largest selection, as well as access to American products and producers, there are several large and well-stocked supermarkets. Transportation is necessary, by bus or rental car, to reach chain stores like Walmart and Costco, but those staying in Cabo San Lucas will find the market at Plaza Aramburo a relatively short walk from the Medano Beach and Marina areas. If you buy too much to carry, taxis are stationed in front of the store.

Mini Supers

There are many small markets offering basic food and beverage items. Oxxo, a sort of Mexican version of 7-11, is the most common, but stores can be found on virtually every corner. California Ranch Market (formerly Tutto Bene) and Mini Super El Gallo are excellent options for those staying in and around Pedregal.

Specialty Markets

Mexican shoppers typically augment supermarket purchases with items from local markets. For a touch of the exotic, try shopping at one of Cabo’s specialty shops. A stroll through the downtown streets will introduce visitors to pescaderias (seafood), carnicerias (meats), panaderias (breads, pastries, and cakes), tortillerias (tortillas), and many other Mexican-style grocery stops.

Common items often seem exotic. Cans of chicharos, aka peas.

Where to Go

Walmart – Two miles outside the city at Plaza San Lucas. Accessible from the main highway (Carretera Transpeninsular) between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. (624) 144-7114
Costco – Just outside the city, at Carretera Transpeninsular Km 4.5. (624) 146-7180.

City Club – Paseo del Pescador and Lazaro Cardenas. Nonmembers must pay a small fee. (624) 143-9492.

La Europea – Wine, liquor, and deli emporium at Puerto Paraiso. (624) 105-1818.

Soriana – Supermarket located at Plaza Sendero. Delivery is available. (624) 105-1290.

Plaza Aramburo – Supermarket with a central downtown location at Lazaro Cardenas and Ignacio Zaragoza. (624) 143-0939.

California Ranch Market – Organic specialty market located on Marina Boulevard, near the Cultural Pavilion and entrance to Pedregal. (624) 144-3300.

Mini Super El Gallo – Convenience store one block from the main square, Plaza Amelia Wilkes, on Emiliano Zapata. (624) 143-0370.

Pescaderia Cabo Mar – The freshest local seafood is found here, a little-off-the-beaten-track, at the corner of Melchor Ocampo and Alíkan. (624) 143-4866.

Do you know of any other places to buy groceries or specialty foods in Cabo? Share your knowledge with us below!

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